Duckhorn The Discussion 2006
Duckhorn The Discussion 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends
from Napa Valley, California
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
A seamless blend of grapes from the most distinct and coveted lots in our Estate portfolio, this complex, elegant wine is crafted to accentuate grace and harmony, as opposed to overt power, and offers a broad, lush mid-palate, silky tannins, focused fruit and a long, lingering finish. From its nuanced aromatics of black cherry, dark chocolate, orange peel, cedar and cinnamon to its rich and sophisticated flavors of raspberry truffles, cassis, blackberry, olive and herbs, this wine sets a new benchmark for Duckhorn Vineyards winemaking.
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Over three decades ago, before crafting their first vintage,
the Duckhorns and their winemaker had a passionate
discussion at the kitchen table. Though they debated
making a cuvée, they chose to focus on varietal wines.
Even so, Duckhorn Vineyards has always remained
fascinated by the artful blend of varietals from diverse
Napa Valley vineyards. Embodying the depth and
complexity of a world-class Estate program, The Discussion
represents the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio
and the ongoing dialogue that defines great winemaking.
"Duckhorn set out to make a dazzler, and succeeded. A bordeaux blend based mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon, it has too many flavors to list, but blackberries, dark chocolate, orange peel, red licorice, bacon and dusty Indian spices surely top the list, wrapped into soft but super fine tannins. Really a first-rate wine that earns a place in the Napa pantheon. Now-2015, in a good cellar."
"Impressive for its density, complexity, refinement and focus, built
around a core of ripe, spicy currant, blackberry, black licorice,
anise and mineral. Full-bodied and well-proportioned, ending with
a long, sleek finish and firm tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020."
"The inaugural release of Duckhorn's new proprietary label is a study in sturdiness, ripeness and size. Long on essential fruit, yet a little less "fruity" in style, it exhibits a complex mix of toast, cedary spice, espresso, raspberries and well-ripened currants. It is the tightest, most firmly built bottling on the winery's 2006 roster and is finished with a fair bit of grippy young tannins, but its potential for better is beyond dispute, and it warrants at least five years of patience."
"Nancarrow blended this barrel selection from a range of Duckhorn's estate vineyards; it emphasizes cabernet sauvignon (53 percent), with the balance merlot (28), cabernet franc (14) and petit verdot (5). The fruit is soft and plump, the tannins more austere, showing a little heat stress in their dimpled fruit-skin character. This is ready to decant for aged sirloin, seared rare. "
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